Christmas traditions of the different countries

Irish Christmas Traditions

Nollaig Shona Dhuit is Merry Christmas in Irish Gaelic, which is still taught in schools in Eire, the Irish Republic. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. Christmas in Ireland is a traditional holiday in both parts of the island, and very much a family and religious celebration!

Christmas In Gibraltar

While you’re here on Gibraltar, take the time to spend some fun Holiday shopping in one of the most unique and cost effective places to do your Christmas shopping in the world.

Christmas in Mali

Mali is a mainly Muslim country, but Christmas is also an official public holiday. In Mali, most Christmas celebrations take place in Churches, where people remember the real meaning of Christmas, that Jesus came into the world as a baby.

Christmas in Bolivia

In Bolivia Christmas (Navidad) continues to be deeply religious, maintaining the original meaning and purpose of the holiday. Most families set up a “pesebre” (nativity scene) in their homes and churches usually have very large ones somewhere outside the main door. The word pesebre literally means "stable". Sometimes people call them "nacimientos" (nativity scenes).

Christmas in Greece

Are you trying to decide where to go on your Christmas holidays and still haven't made up your mind? Why not consider Christmas in Greece? True, it is not the traditional Christmas holiday destination, but it has so much to offer that it will be one of the most unforgettable holidays in your life!

Christmas in Armenia

The Armenian Apostolic Church still uses the old Julian Calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 6th. The Christmas holiday season starts on New Year's Eve (December 31st) and continues until the old Julian calendar's New Year's Eve on January 13th.

Christmas celebration in Argentina

Christmas Day in Argentina is observed every year on the 25th December.

Hungary Christmas Traditions

Christmas in Hungary, celebrated on December 25, is sometimes preceded by observance of the Advent. Budapest's Christmas Market is already in full swing during the beginning of December, so if you're in Hungary's capital city during this time of year, the Christmas market is an excellent place to find traditional gifts and sample seasonal Hungarian foods.

Vatican Christmas Tree

The Vatican Christmas Tree, also called the Saint Peter's Square Christmas Tree, is the decorated tree that is erected annually in the Saint Peter's Square directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City to celebrate the Christmas holiday season.

Christmas celebration in Brazil

In Brazil, Christmas is one of the most important festive days, or "dia de festas". It is celebrated on 25th December.

Christmas in Denmark

The longest and most popular holiday celebration in Denmark is Christmas. As this season approaches, the days grow very short. Only a few hours of dim light lie between the darkness of morning and the darkness of evening. Electric lights are on all the time, inside the houses and out on the streets.

Christmas in Germany

In Germany, preparations for Christmas begin before December falls. But the real celebration starts from 6th December, St. Nicholas Day, known here as "Nikolaustag". On the night of 5th December (St. Nicholas Eve) children put their shoe or boot outside the door, a tradition practiced in many other European countries.

Christmas Traditions in Great Britain

A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Great Britain:

Christmas Tree of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Traditional Bosnia-Herzegovina Christmas Greeting: Srethi Prazhici (Happy Holidays)

Depending upon religious affiliation, some Bosnians celebrate Christmas, while others celebrate New Year’s Day.
Traditional holiday foods include pojaca and hjleb, tasty traditional breads.

Sarma (a cabbage, beef and rice dish) is also served for the holidays.

Bulgaria's Christmas Traditions

Bulgarians celebrate Christmas on December 25, though this is somewhat unexpected because Bulgaria is an Orthodox country. The traditional Eastern Orthodox celebration of Christmas lands on January 7.